Stérimar® Baby, the natural sea-water spray to help ease blocked noses in babies

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Sterimar logoWith cold season upon us, at some point it's likely that your little one may experience a blocked nose. With doctors being reluctant to prescribe decongestants for young children, it can leave parents wondering what they can do to help. 

Stérimar spoke to Dr. Catherine Hood, practicing physician and mother of two, to provide her top tips for unblocking little noses.

"During the winter months, as people tend to stay indoors more, and are in closer contact, there are more shared germs which increases the chances of getting coughs and colds. Children are especially vulnerable to illness and germs as their bodies are in the earliest phases of building up natural immunities, so they will often experience blocked nose, even when not sick. Since they're unable to blow their noses, the mucus just collects there.” says Dr. Catherine Hood.  


So when your child or baby has a blocked nose, not only will they have the discomfort that goes with it, but also difficulty with breathing, sleeping and eating which will upset their don't just have the discomfort that goes with it, but they will also have difficulty breathing, sleeping and eating which will upset their routine.

So what's a parent to do?

Dr. Catherine Hood's top tips to unblock children's noses

  • Use a seawater spray to loosen mucous secretions.
  • Ease congestion by humidifying the air. Put a bowl of water on the radiator in the nursery, use an electric humidifier or carry your baby into a steamy bathroom.
  • Raise the head of the cot slightly to help ease congestion at night.
  • Use a bulb syringe carefully to unblock the nostrils and remove mucous.
  • Menthol or eucalyptus can help breathing. Put menthol in a bowl of water in the nursery, use a plug in vaporizer or put some aromatic oil on a tissue and place it in the cot. Some inhalants can irritate young babies so follow the product advice.
  • Give frequent, small feeds if the baby is finding it hard to feed.

What mums think

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While expert recommendations are important, it's always good to hear what everyday mums think about Stérimar Baby. Research conducted by Stérimar found that the majority of parents and caregivers (86%) would recommend Stérimar Baby to a friend.  Blogger and mother Sophie Muncaster from SuperAmazingMum has made it part of her family's daily routine and said "I put this next to the toothpaste and aim to use it twice a day when my children have cold." Blogger Liska Life from NewMumOnline also said that it was an essential household item for her, "I'll always have a bottle close to hand from now on."

Dr. Catherine Hood says "Stérimar Baby is an effective and stress-free natural solution that can stop your child's blocked nose in its tracks. Stérimar Baby harnesses the benefits of sea water with a reduced salt content for extra gentleness. Minerals and trace elements like those found in sea water are extremely important for the balance of the internal environment of the body. Stérimar Baby works with the physiology of your baby’s nose to strengthen its defences and keep it in top condition."

About Sterimar Baby

Stérimar Baby is the only 100% natural seawater nasal spray specially designed to clear and unblock little noses, which can be used from birth. The spray is very gentle yet effective. It is uniquely formulated to keep the nose in top condition so that it can fight infections more effectively.

To help parents out, the pump is designed so that you can use the spray at any angle, which makes life much easier when your baby is squirming. The patented micro diffusion design of Sterimar Baby ensures that the spray can get to all the hard to reach areas of your little one’s nose and helps to thoroughly clear the whole sinus area much better.

Stérimar Baby is:

  • 100% natural
  • Non-medicated
  • Free from preservatives or additives
  • Can also be used on its own or with other medications as long and as often as required
  • Has been awarded the Allergy UK Allergy Friendly Award

Stérimar Baby is available in Boots stores, on and most pharmacies across the UK for an RRP of £4.07. For additional information, please visit

Stérimar® is a registered trademark of Sofibel-Laboratoires Fumouze.

Last updated: over 3 years ago